Thursday, June 16, 2005

House Wine Columbia Valley 2003 (PB)

This wine has such an amateurish looking label you are likely to pass it up on the shelf. Give a magic marker to your 5 year old and tell her to design you a label for your new house wine and this is what you might expect—a blocky picture of hand sketched house and the words House Wine on a white label. That’s it. It’s ugly, but don’t pass up what is in the bottle. The sometimes bizarre ex-rock world producer “Charles Smith” of “K” Vintners is creating some out of the ordinary, wowing wines.

This one will run you less than $12 and is a blend of Washington state Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Merlot and it is really BIG! From the first pour the deep, deep purple, youthful wine exudes a bouquet that is room filling with a chocolate nose that keeps growing. On opening, the tannins will bust your palate and bury the fruit but give it some room to breath and then decant it for a wild time of fudgey aromas, berries forward and cherries behind with the tannins taking a sedative settling into a recliner for the rest of the ride. This is a wine to be sought out and bought and drunk, NOW! Raise a bottle!

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